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by DarrenHill
Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:54 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Internet warning light
Replies: 4
Views: 212

Re: Internet warning light

Their Blinkt strip of LEDs works very well for such an application. I use one at home with a Pi Zero to monitor my network and indicate via red/green LEDs on the bar whether 7 individual devices plus the internet itself are responsive or not. Some details are in the post I made on their forum, link ...
by DarrenHill
Fri May 31, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Audio Stream "Radio" Box
Replies: 3
Views: 954

Re: Audio Stream "Radio" Box

I'm just using the free one, works fine for what I need. Basically rather than running it under Raspbian as you do for VLC, you download their image file and burn that to the SD card instead (same way you did to get Raspbian (or Noobs) on there. See their Getting Started and Quick Start guides for m...
by DarrenHill
Thu May 30, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: Free VPN - WINSCRIBE - Will it work on a Pi3?
Replies: 12
Views: 679

Re: Free VPN - WINSCRIBE - Will it work on a Pi3?

LibreElec has OpenVPN included in its standard build images.

There is a VPN manager addon in the LE repo which can be used to control it, although you do of course still need to supply your own config file or details.
by DarrenHill
Thu May 30, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Audio Stream "Radio" Box
Replies: 3
Views: 954

Re: Audio Stream "Radio" Box

If you're just wanting a music player, can I suggest you look at something like Volumio or Pi Music Box as dedicated systems? There are a few other options out there as well if you feel like having a search using your engine of choice. They are easy to set up, and generally come with either a web in...
by DarrenHill
Sat May 25, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: Wireguard server on Raspberry Pi
Replies: 5
Views: 8285

Re: Wireguard server on Raspberry Pi

DietPi now has various server options with easy install, including Wireguard.

Set mine up a few weeks ago and working very well.
by DarrenHill
Sat May 25, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: VPN client comparisons/recommendations
Replies: 9
Views: 473

Re: VPN client comparisons/recommendations

The new(ish) and very decent kid on the block is Wireguard. Very quick and easy to set up, and much lower overheads than OpenVPN and suchlike. It's also set up to work at the kernel level, keeping things more secure and lighter. Personally I've got a Pi3 at home running as a server for both (simple ...
by DarrenHill
Thu May 09, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Kodi 18 - Free VPN
Replies: 5
Views: 982

Re: Kodi 18 - Free VPN

The manager is installed in Kodi but the actual openVPN executable which it controls and sets up isn't, that's installed in the OS underneath. You can quite happily use it directly without the manager add-on via a shell or terminal if you want to, the manager just makes it easier within the GUI. But...
by DarrenHill
Tue May 07, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Kodi 18 - Free VPN
Replies: 5
Views: 982

Re: Kodi 18 - Free VPN

Kodi doesn't need a VPN to work, at least for the kind of usage that it's designed for. And anyone stupid enough to think a "free" VPN provides any kind of safety or security should stop and think quite how their connect is funded. If you're not paying for it by cash then you're paying for it some o...
by DarrenHill
Mon Apr 22, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: repacement for samsung Allshare as its rubbish
Replies: 2
Views: 496

Re: repacement for samsung Allshare as its rubbish

The Pi will connect directly to your TV via an HDMI cable. Using that, if your TV supports CEC (Samsung call it AnyNet+ I think) then you can use your TV remote to control the Pi. Normally the best thing to use is either LibreElec or OSMC, both of which are self-contained media player set-ups based ...
by DarrenHill
Sun Apr 07, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Beginner wants to set up a Media Center
Replies: 3
Views: 867

Re: Beginner wants to set up a Media Center

The Pi also has CEC built-in, so in many cases if you're using a HDMI connection to your TV then the TV remote itself can run things. There's no real need for a kit (unless you want to have things just delivered and ready to work). A Pi 3B+ running LibreElec will cover most things, and it's easy to ...
by DarrenHill
Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: Media Center + Owncloud + Apache2 + bind9 + Pi-Hole
Replies: 3
Views: 278

Re: Media Center + Owncloud + Apache2 + bind9 + Pi-Hole

Agreed concerning Nextcloud - runs fine on my Pi3 server at home. If you want to go headless or at least without GUI, then you can consider either Raspbian Lite or something like DietPi. One other option to maybe think about is basing things around Docker, and HypriotOS. Although there getting the v...
by DarrenHill
Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Media centres
Topic: RasPlex
Replies: 4
Views: 856

Re: RasPlex

Kodi (via LibreElec, OSMC, Xbian or just a straight install under Raspbian) has an official Plex add-on available in its official repo.
by DarrenHill
Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Graphics, sound and multimedia
Topic: Portable media Server
Replies: 2
Views: 439

Re: Portable media Server

Either Kodi or Plex would work. Kodi isn't designed as a server, but can be set up to share media on the Pi that a second installation of Kodi on the tablet could access and use via SMB. It can share via UPNP as well, which may be an option. Plex is more designed in the server/client model, and the ...
by DarrenHill
Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: What pi, what OS, for Kodi media server only.
Replies: 17
Views: 2051

Re: What pi, what OS, for Kodi media server only.

I've just recently retired an older zero running LibreElec (replaced by a Pi3b+ running it) as my travelling media player. Occasionally a little slow on the menus, but very usable and generally worked fine. In my case I had it with a soldered IR diode and a spare old remote, but that's been replaced...
by DarrenHill
Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: What pi, what OS, for Kodi media server only.
Replies: 17
Views: 2051

Re: What pi, what OS, for Kodi media server only.

And if not then either a Flirc dongle or just set up your own IR receiver diode. Then you can use any spare remote control to operate it.

I've done both over the years, and both work fine (with some minor tweaking occasionally of the Kodi keymap using the Keymap Editor addon).
by DarrenHill
Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: [Guide][Testing] Kodi 18.0 Leia beta versions for Raspbian Stretch! [obsolete and locked]
Replies: 110
Views: 53802

Re: [Guide][Testing] Kodi 18.0 Leia beta versions for Raspbian Stretch!

Also where is your Kodi database stored, locally or remotely?

That kind of delay sounds to me like some issue with the database, either some corruption in it or some network issues in trying to write and update it after watching something (changing the watched state stored etc).
by DarrenHill
Thu Jan 24, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Graphics, sound and multimedia
Topic: Noob question about media player and hats
Replies: 3
Views: 315

Re: Noob question about media player and hats

Have a look at https://pinout.xyz/ . On there you can look up the pins actually used by a large number of HATs and pHATs. With that information you can judge if the two hats will work happily together or if there's any conflicts. If they can share, you can use something like a pico hat hacker or a b...
by DarrenHill
Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: Using putty for remote access to raspberry pi (outside local network)
Replies: 6
Views: 639

Re: Using putty for remote access to raspberry pi (outside local network)

Not really, but if you just search for "dynamic DNS" or "ddns" you'll turn up various sites which offer the service. Look at some of those, which should have help or FAQ pages about what they do and how much they may charge for it (many have free tiers, like noip for example). But basically you regi...
by DarrenHill
Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: Using putty for remote access to raspberry pi (outside local network)
Replies: 6
Views: 639

Re: Using putty for remote access to raspberry pi (outside local network)

If your ISP doesn't give you a static external IP address, you can use a dynamic DNS (DDNS) service to overcome that. Basically they will assign you an address on their server which will resolve to the IP address of your router, and for most you can install a small application somewhere on your loca...
by DarrenHill
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Lots of beginner questions about arcade cabinet
Replies: 1
Views: 253

Re: Lots of beginner questions about arcade cabinet

The commonly used software solution is RetroPie - https://retropie.org.uk/

Have a look at that and see if it is the kind of thing you're thinking of.
by DarrenHill
Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Cannot find NAS drive in Plex app
Replies: 16
Views: 1262

Re: Cannot find NAS drive in Plex app

https://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=136333 https://www.kvibes.de/mediaelch/ Those threads may help you. It's not something I've personally used, but I think it creates .nfo files which you should have beside the media files and that Kodi will then see and inhale rather than needing to use scrap...
by DarrenHill
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Cannot find NAS drive in Plex app
Replies: 16
Views: 1262

Re: Cannot find NAS drive in Plex app

If you look at the wiki link in my post above it gives details of how to set up your Kodi library for both TV shows and movies. The first key point is not to mix types (movies, TV shows etc) in one tree, and to set the type correctly when you define the source. Basically the movies should have the s...
by DarrenHill
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Cannot find NAS drive in Plex app
Replies: 16
Views: 1262

Re: Cannot find NAS drive in Plex app

If you're using Kodi as your front-end then basically you just need a NAS/file server set-up as the back-end to supply the media. Either your existing one or one you can set up on your Pi (something like OpenMediaVault, or even just under Raspbian - there are numerous tutorials on the net for Pi-bas...
by DarrenHill
Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Cannot find NAS drive in Plex app
Replies: 16
Views: 1262

Re: Cannot find NAS drive in Plex app

Try this as the line in your fstab: 192.168.0.101:/nfs/NFS /mnt/media nfs defaults,noatime,x-gvfs-show,nofail 0 0 and if that doesn't work simply 192.168.0.101:/nfs/NFS /mnt/media nfs nofail 0 0 That's based on the mount I set up between my Pi and my MyCloudMirror, which works fine (at the command l...
by DarrenHill
Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Cannot find NAS drive in Plex app
Replies: 16
Views: 1262

Re: Cannot find NAS drive in Plex app

How are you editting the file? As it's a root owned one you need to use "sudo nano /etc/fstab" to give you temporary privs to do the edit, rather than just "nano /etc/fstab" which won't be able to save as your normal user can't write to /etc. For reference, this is the fstab line I'm using to mount ...

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